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Global Innovation Initiative – Deadline 2 December

Global Innovation Initiative – internal deadline 2 December 2013

The initiative is a shared commitment of the United States and the United Kingdom to support multilateral research collaboration between universities in the UK, U.S. and other countries including Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia. The Global Innovation Initiative will award grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.

Grant Opportunities

Approximately 20 grants will be awarded ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 (U.S. competition) or from £100,000 to £150,000 (UK competition).

Selected Other Countries

The Department of State and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have identified the following four emerging economies as designated countries for the Global Innovation Initiative:

• Brazil

• China

• India

• Indonesia

Important Deadlines

Applications open Monday 28 October2013

Applications close Monday 16 December 2013

Speakers at this week’s event launch in London included, Martin Davdison CMG, Chief Executive, British Council, Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, UK, and the Honorable Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America

Provost Prof Stuart Croft who also attended the launch of the UK-US Global Innovation Fund commented:

As the UK’s most important partner in higher education, we are very pleased about the launch of this latest initiative with the US, which brings together two of the world’s leaders in research excellence, along with other selected countries…The Global Innovation Initiative provides a significant opportunity to place Warwick in the company of those UK and US universities engaged in multi-lateral research collaborations to tackle issues of global importance."

Professor Tim Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Science & Engineering), Knowledge Transfer & Business Engagement:

Supporting international research collaborations has been at the heart of Warwick’s ambition to be a globally-connected university … the development of the GRPs to tackle issues of global significance along with a range of internal funding mechanisms to encourage international collaboration such as the Brazil, China and International Partnership Funds, means that Warwick researchers are well-placed to make the most of the opportunity being presented. We would very much encourage those researchers who have international collaborations in the countries highlighted by this fund to give serious consideration to applying to the Global Innovation Initiative."

Martin Davidson CEO of the British Council:

International co-operation is essential in furthering understanding in addressing key global challenges - we are delighted to be investing in this new programme in partnership with the US, that will provide UK universities a new mechanism to work with the best around the world."

Background

Announced in June 2013 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Global Innovation Initiative is a higher education partnership grant opportunity established between the United States and the United Kingdom aimed at strengthening multilateral research collaborations between universities in the U.S., UK, and other selected countries. The Global Innovation Initiative will award grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships. The Institute of International Education will administer the U.S. competition and the British Council will administer the UK competition.

For more information about the Global Innovation Initiative please visit the website.

Applications

If you are interested in making an application to the Global Innovation Initiative please contact sarah dot patrick at warwick dot ac dot uk in the International Office.